In my quest to find books similar to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I noticed Farewell My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living and I was not disappointed. While it’s definitely far less in-depth and covers a broader range of sustainable living topics than AVM, it was very satisfying and a neat peek into one person’s attempt to completely revamp the way he lives. Doug Fine is a journalist (NPR, etc.) who decides to buy some property in New Mexico and put down some roots (literal and figurative). He christens this land the Funky Butte Ranch (ha!) and undertakes a variety of projects: buying a diesel truck and having it converted to run on used vegetable oil, installing solar power, planting a veggie garden, and raising chickens and milk goats. The goats are hilarious, constantly doing goaty things like trying to eat the rose bushes. Not many people are in a position to make such a major change (he must have had a substantial amount of money stashed away to be able to do many of these pretty pricey projects) but it’s not hard to see how a person could choose to do one or two and take things at a pace that works for their particular situation. A very quick read; recommended.